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CG, when did you start getting results?

KikiFinKikiFin Posts: 34Registered Users
Hey fellow curlies,
I just started the no-poo method last week and I am already amazed how different my hair looks. I've been straightening my curls for six years so I thought it wasn't curly at all anymore, just unruly. Turns out I do have curls after all!

I was wondering how long it took for you guys to really get shiny and bouncy curls after going cg?

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  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Posts: 2,075Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I found my hair looked great straight away! The first time I tried CG after growing out all my straight ends I had bouncy, shiny curls. Buuut I hadn't wore it curly for about eight years; so when I went fully CG, that was when I wore it fully natural for the first time. Could be that my hair is naturally shiny and bouncy ;)

    Of course when I was 12 or so CG wasn't around and I had my natural curls then. Looking at my hair back then I definitely see a difference. My curls were a lot frizzier, but I do think I still had shine and bounce. Plus back then I had a lot more volume than I do now and I think my hair was curlier.

    I don't think the 'bad' changes in my hair are from CG. My hair may simply have changed over the years, or my hair might be different because I still have a lot of heat damage OR it might be because I've only been CG since October lol. I think it's mostly because of heat damage.

    Either way, my hair looks really good now and I'm happy with it. I think if I wasn't following the CG method I'd have a frizzy, undefined mop on my head lol.
    3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

    LP: Shea Moisture (currently JBCO)
    Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

    LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
    Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
    Gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
    DC:
    Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
    Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

    UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
    Growing my hair to WL when dry :thumright:
  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Posts: 2,075Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    (Double post - not sure how to delete so I'll just edit it to say this lol)
    3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

    LP: Shea Moisture (currently JBCO)
    Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

    LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
    Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
    Gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
    DC:
    Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
    Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

    UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
    Growing my hair to WL when dry :thumright:
  • lori.mattoxlori.mattox Posts: 210Registered Users
    KikiFin wrote: »
    Hey fellow curlies,
    I just started the no-poo method last week and I am already amazed how different my hair looks. I've been straightening my curls for six years so I thought it wasn't curly at all anymore, just unruly. Turns out I do have curls after all!

    I was wondering how long it took for you guys to really get shiny and bouncy curls after going cg?

    I noticed results right away (this month) but had been using a lot of cg friendly products (~70-80%)since I had stopped using chemical relaxers in Feb. 2012. I'm still not sure if that last part affected my results but I do love it.

    Sent from my SCH-I200 using CurlTalk App
    3C/4A Fine texture, low porosity, low/medium density? Trying CG since Dec. 2013
    Shampoo: Curl's Creamy Curl Cleanser or clarifying shampoo when needed.
    Co-wash: Curl's coconut curlada
    Deep Condition: Experimenting in the kitchen
    oil: flaxseed and coconut for treatments
    Styler: Tresemme conditioner, alone or mixed together with aloe vera gel
    Sealer: aloe vera juice
  • KikiFinKikiFin Posts: 34Registered Users
    What surprised me is that now that my hair is properly styled curly, I have no frizz. I used to have it all the time when I last wore it curly about 8 years ago. I do have some damage from highlights and constant straightening (silly me), so my curls tend to get a bit loose from the ends. I guess that will get better over time/ with trimming.

    I think the hardest thing about CG is trying to find balance between sufficient amount of conditioner and gel. my hair tends to go limp and greasy with too much conditioning.
  • hambo02hambo02 Posts: 480Registered Users
    i started two years ago and it took a year till i saw results
  • Lady_CreoleLady_Creole Posts: 400Registered Users
    KikiFin wrote: »
    What surprised me is that now that my hair is properly styled curly, I have no frizz. I used to have it all the time when I last wore it curly about 8 years ago. I do have some damage from highlights and constant straightening (silly me), so my curls tend to get a bit loose from the ends. I guess that will get better over time/ with trimming.

    I think the hardest thing about CG is trying to find balance between sufficient amount of conditioner and gel. my hair tends to go limp and greasy with too much conditioning.

    Good for you!

    The challenge will be finding what works for YOU. You will read about different products; some won't work for you at all, others you will have to modify, [little less, little more, different combo], however once you find what works for you, it will be a breeze.

    I finally found my "niche" and I co-wash once a week. 2nd to 5th day hair looks better than 1st day hair and I touch my hair off and on all day long because it feels so good!

    Blessings!
    My hair is "exotic, beautiful and free",,,yeah, that be ME!!!
    3B/C - Easy to straighten, [no heat ever/no protect. styling].

    Low Porosity/Medium Density
    Mid Width/BSL-stretched/
    BC - 12/2012

    I am a "Co-Wash/Finger Comb Lady!
    Scalp Cleanser - SM ABS Purification Hair Masque
    Co-wash - Tresemme Naturals
    Hydration - SM CH
    Curl & Style Milk
    LOC - Organic Coconut Oil
    Styler - SM CH Curl Smoothie
    Deep Cond. - SM Yucca & Plantain Masque
  • HtBlackHtBlack Posts: 292Registered Users
    I started two months ago, before Halloween. I have seen slight results immediately after, bit more after I chopped my dead ends, and there was general improvement. I was conditioner-only for six weeks but then my curls kept looking limp although clean so I bought a gentle shampoo and since I started using that I also switched to different products richer in oils and better for hard water and my hair has looked so much better. Today I washed my hair with a protein conditioner and my curls were limper so maybe winter and protein aren't for me!

    Sent from my GT-N7000 using Tapatalk
    A 2C, wishfully thinking of being 3a. Sometimes I get there. CG since October 2013, Eurocurly (just for a few months more!), completely low-porosity now. SBL, wanting elbow length.

    --
    Routine:
    CW-LI: Garnier Ultra Doux (Cocoa+Coconut Oil/Mango+Tiaré) or my own products.
    DC: Biofficina Toscana Maschera Nutriente Protettiva, or my own product.
    Homemade FSG, L'Oreal Styling Gel.
  • yakottayakotta Posts: 40Registered Users
    I remember seeing results in like a week or 2. I visited my mom after maybe a month of CG and as soon as I got off the train and into the car she was commenting on how good and healthy my hair looked. Granted I had been telling her about the CG method which she sounded majorly skeptical of so I think she was looking pretty hard at my hair (and she certainly seemed surprised at my positive results) but the CG method definitely didn't take long.

    The caveat to this, tough, is that I was growing out my hair from a pixie, so I didn't have years and years of damage to account for.
  • DaniGirl88DaniGirl88 Posts: 1,583Registered Users
    I remember seeing/feeling the results within a few days. My hair is softer and healthier now for sure. I'm still having trouble finding the products and the amount of products that my hair really takes to. Some days are excellent hair days, and other days are just okay. I also have bad hair days, and I realize that my hair has build up or needs to be washed. Before, I wouldn't have realized that.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    3B, fine, normal porosity, high density, medium width and length
    Conditioner: Tresemme Naturals, Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
    Co-Wash: As I Am Coconut Co-Wash
    Leave in Products: As I Am Leave-In, SM Smoothie/Milk, KCKT, Giovanni Direct Leave-In
    Air Dry

    Looking for new products and methods to try!



  • KikiFinKikiFin Posts: 34Registered Users
    I've started to get compliments on my hair lately so I think a month in this is really working. However I've had to modify a bit, my hair simply does not like co-washing, it just gets limp and greasy looking on day one. I live in the northern Europe so it's super hard to even find CG friendly co-washes to begin with. I'm currently washing with John Masters scalp shampoo and I only wash the scalp, do you think the ingredients are ok?

    (water, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, sodium cocoamphodiacetate, decyl glucoside, babassuamidopropyl betaine, panthenol, hydrolyzed soy protein, sorbitol, peppermint oil, spearmint leaf oil, guar hydroxpropyl trimonium chloride, spiraea ulmaria extract, sodium pca, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, smithsonite extract, hyaluronic acid, linseed seed oil*, borago officinalis seed oil*, sunflower seed oil*, jojoba seed oil*, evening primrose oil*, tocopherols)
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,250Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I haven't used shampoo in many years but I still remember how quickly my hair changed when I started condition washing and gave up the silicone serums. It happened quickly!
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
  • sixelamysixelamy Posts: 4,156Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I noticed a color change in just a couple of days. (I was using soap bars with hard water - talk about scum on the hair!)
    My curls got better within a few weeks. But it wasn't until about 3 months that I *really* noticed the difference in my hair's health.
    2c-3a - med-coarse - normal-high porosity - high density
    :bunny:
    NP/LP: CJ Daily Fix, KMF Whenever / Giovanni TTTT
    RO/LI: Aussie Moist, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Hask Keratin Protein
    DC/PROTEIN: KC Stellar Strands / CNPF
    STYLER: CJ Curl Queen
    COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
    :thumbdown:: glycerin in high/low dews, polyquat-10 & 11, parabens
  • SamanthascurlzSamanthascurlz Posts: 1,082Registered Users
    I started CG'ing in Feb. of 2012. I started seeing results that I liked around July. Thus, around 5 months. However, I like the way my hair is now which is over a year and a half later. So it definitely varies. I noticed once I became more patient, I was more understanding that my hair wasn't going to recover fast from all the heat I used prior. Once I realized that for myself, I didn't give myself such a hard time. Also, once I understood ingredients better, I was able to find products I liked.
    CG, High Porosity, Fine, Low Density, Medium Elasticity
    Suave, V05, GF Go clean gel, ACV rinses, CO, and Gelatine PT.
    [URL="[url=http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/members/samanthascurlz-albums-evolvement-my-hair.html]Curls[/url]"][/url]Curls
  • Morgan_AdcockMorgan_Adcock Posts: 2,573Registered Users
    I could tell a difference in my hair the first time I did CG. It continued to improve over time, with marked improvement after each (Deva) cut, and the largest improvement after the last of my pre-CG hair was cut off. I've also noticed improvement over time since then, as I get better at treating it right, and have learned to get multi-day hair, since this helps prevent overwashing it.
    Peace,
    Morgan

    Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
    CGing since July 2008
  • KikiFinKikiFin Posts: 34Registered Users
    Yeah It still is hard get consistent results and to find which products work for my hair, I have quite porous and fine hair but there is a lot of it. Also, literally no-one here in the Northern Europe have curls since most are straight haired blonds, lol. So youcan imagine it is very hard to find good products in the stores.

    What products would u guys recommend to order online from amazon for instance?
  • mysterycurlsmysterycurls Posts: 58Registered Users
    I noticed a difference within the first 3 days. My hair is wavy, so before cg it was just sort of puffy and undefined, completely unmanageable. After it was smoother, more defined and softer to the touch.
    2b/c, medium-coarse, high-density, medium-porosity, CG since 2011.
    Co-wash: Suave/ VO5
    RO: Yes to Cucumbers, GVPCB, Tresemme Naturals
    LI: GVP CB, Yes to Cucumbers
    Sealant: Argan, Grapeseed, Apricot Kernal (still working on it)
    Styler: GF Pure Clean, HETT, Volumax
    DT: Ion Effective Care, GVPCB, Yes to Cucumbers

    Experimenting with Curly Kinks ReNew, Coil Jam and Satin Roots. Also FSG.
  • aspenaspen Posts: 154Registered Users
    My hair looked really gross for about a week, but now it looks great! My hair has never been so shiny and frizz-free.

    I still use a tiny amount of (all natural) shampoo around my temples and hair-line once a week, but that's it! I'm hoping to cut that out once summer starts, but during the winter any additional grease in that area causes break-outs :(
    3A-3B / Medium / High Density / Low Porosity
    Modified CG
    Low poo: Creme of Nature Argan Oil Moisture & Shine
    Conditioner: Curls Unleashed NB
    Leave in: Creme of Natura Argan Oil Strengthen & Shine
    Styling Product: Curl Keeper/ Curly Solutions gel
  • CurliciousMeCurliciousMe Posts: 3Registered Users
    I noticed a difference the very first time I cowashed and used a leave-in w/ lots of scrunching. Beautiful curls like I always wanted! Who knew.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  • liv490liv490 Posts: 2Registered Users
    It took a bit more than a month before my hair started feeling soft and not just greasy. For the first week of CG method it was very nice but then it turned very oily very quick and it was a couple more weeks before my hair got over that. I co-wash and haven't shampooed in 5 months, and I really notice the difference... although I still haven't quite got the frizz-management thing down :P
  • dixygirldixygirl Posts: 279Banned Users
    what kind of "results" do people expect from cg?
    3b/c, 2c at nape, fine, norm-hi porosity, low density, biracial, BSL
    Conditioner:Kanechom, Silicon Mix. Hello Hydration. ApHogee 2min
    Co-Wash: $ store cond
    Prepoo: combinations of:yogurt, liquid aminos, honey,mustard oil, egg,red palm oil,coconut milk
    Leave in Products: Silicon Mix Proteina de Perla LI, coconut milk, coconut oil, olive oil, or mustard oil
    Naturally curly color treated
    Fan of www.tightlycurly.com "Curly Like Me"
  • SereneCurlsSereneCurls Posts: 1,145Registered Users
    People may be looking for different things, but general results would be softer or smoother hair, less frizz, more defined curls, and so on.
    3a, dense, fairly coarse, normal porosity and elasticity, just below shoulder
    Low poo: Giovanni 50 50
    Co-wash: aia, suave coconut, salon care
    R O: Tresume Naturals, gvpcb
    L I: KCKT, gvpcb
    Stylers: cjpp, re : coil, kccc, brhg
    Oils: coconut, argan
    Experimenting with: curls rock amplifier, pantene mousse
  • CatitudeBooCatitudeBoo Posts: 525Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I noticed a difference immediately after voiding sulfates from my regimen. Even after that it was truly trial and error finding the right consistency/combos of stylers (mousses, gels, leave-ins, creams, oils, etc) because my hair wasn't looking as good as it does now.

    Overall, it was a 3-4 month period.
    CG since Dec. 2013 :blob3:
    3b/c ~ fine ~ medium porosity ~ low density ~ dyed dark red
    No-Poo: Cantu Cleansing Cream Shampoo
    RO: Suave Essentials Volumizing Conditioner
    Styler: Tresemme Extra Firm Control Mousse & Hairspray
  • CGSince2002CGSince2002 Posts: 1,073Banned Users
    KikiFin wrote: »
    I've started to get compliments on my hair lately so I think a month in this is really working. However I've had to modify a bit, my hair simply does not like co-washing, it just gets limp and greasy looking on day one. I live in the northern Europe so it's super hard to even find CG friendly co-washes to begin with. I'm currently washing with John Masters scalp shampoo and I only wash the scalp, do you think the ingredients are ok?

    (water, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, sodium cocoamphodiacetate, decyl glucoside, babassuamidopropyl betaine, panthenol, hydrolyzed soy protein, sorbitol, peppermint oil, spearmint leaf oil, guar hydroxpropyl trimonium chloride, spiraea ulmaria extract, sodium pca, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, smithsonite extract, hyaluronic acid, linseed seed oil*, borago officinalis seed oil*, sunflower seed oil*, jojoba seed oil*, evening primrose oil*, tocopherols)

    I realize this is months later but since no one replied I will in case it still helps: yes, the formula seems pretty good, but I'm sure your hair might've told you if it likes it by now...
    Joined Curltalk 1st time in early '02 shortly after starting CG. I'm a non-practicing Cosmetologist.
    Hair: color-treated, mostly 3A.
    CO-wash: VO5 K&L
    RO: SpaHaus Salon w/OO, VO5 Shea Cashmere, W.R. Trop. Coconut, Daily Defense Moisturizing & others.
    LI: Beautiful Curls w/Shea Butter & C.O., Hollywood Beauty OO Creme, VO5 K&L, Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer.
    Gels: LAL Wet Look, ORS Lock & Twist.
    Oils: Jojoba, EVCO & Africa's Best Ultimate Herbal Oil

  • CGSince2002CGSince2002 Posts: 1,073Banned Users
    KikiFin wrote: »
    Yeah It still is hard get consistent results and to find which products work for my hair, I have quite porous and fine hair but there is a lot of it. Also, literally no-one here in the Northern Europe have curls since most are straight haired blonds, lol. So youcan imagine it is very hard to find good products in the stores.

    What products would u guys recommend to order online from amazon for instance?

    If you still need help, please get back to me with a good description of your hair (porosity, density, type of curl, etc.), humidity levels and type of water where you live and what you expect from your products (RO, LI, gel, etc.). I may not be able to recommend specific products but I may be able to point out main ingredients to look for. This is how I've been judging my hair products ever since I read Paula Begoun's book "Don't Go Shopping For Hair Care Products Without Me". Then when I went to Cosmetology school I learned some more and when I joined this site the first time in '02 I wanted to keep learning more about ingredients using the internet, but I guarantee you that these days there is way more info about them than there was back then!
    Joined Curltalk 1st time in early '02 shortly after starting CG. I'm a non-practicing Cosmetologist.
    Hair: color-treated, mostly 3A.
    CO-wash: VO5 K&L
    RO: SpaHaus Salon w/OO, VO5 Shea Cashmere, W.R. Trop. Coconut, Daily Defense Moisturizing & others.
    LI: Beautiful Curls w/Shea Butter & C.O., Hollywood Beauty OO Creme, VO5 K&L, Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer.
    Gels: LAL Wet Look, ORS Lock & Twist.
    Oils: Jojoba, EVCO & Africa's Best Ultimate Herbal Oil